IPL Flashback - 2017: Mumbai Indians clinch third title with one-run victory in final
In Pune’s final season in 2017, the team management decided to make two big changes. First. they took away the ‘S’ from Supergiants and renamed themselves as Rising Pune Supergiant and then decided to replace MS Dhoni with Steve Smith as the captain of the side.Updated: Mar 24, 2019 19:08 IST
The Rising Pune Supergiants were given a chance to compete in the IPL for only two seasons, since they were one of the teams which replaced the suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. The Pune team didn’t have the best of starts, finishing seventh in the league stage. It was the first time when a MS Dhoni-led team didn’t make it to the play-offs. In their final season in 2017, the team management decided to make two big changes. First. they took away the ‘S’ from Supergiants and renamed themselves as Rising Pune Supergiant and then decided to replace MS Dhoni with Steve Smith as the captain of the side.
The change in the name and captain worked for the Pune team and they marched to the second spot in the league with nine wins from 14 matches. The Mumbai Indians, who usually start slowly, got off to an amazing start in this season, with six wins in their first seven matches. The team in blue and gold finished the league at the top spot with 10 wins in 14 matches.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders recorded eight wins each in the league stage, but Hyderabad finished at the third spot with one more point since one of their matches was washed out.
The Rising Pune Supergiant had won both their league matches against Mumbai Indians and they went onto make it three consecutive wins against the team when they met in the first qualifier match. Ajinkya Rahane and Manoj Tiwary notched half-centuries and set up the match by helping Pune post a decent total of 162/4. Then Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur picked up three wickets to guide Pune to a 20-run win.
In the eliminator match, the Kolkata Knight Riders bowlers sealed the deal when they restricted the Sunrisers to 128/7 in their 20 overs. Thereafter, the equation was reduced to 48 runs from six overs due to rain. The KKR team were in a spot of bother when they lost three wicket for 12 runs, but then captain Gautam Gambhir took his team home with a calm innings of 32 runs from 19 balls.
However, KKR’s run in IPL 2017 was all over when they were bundled out for 107 runs against Mumbai Indians in the second qualifier. The Mumbai Indians chased the target in 14.3 overs with six wickets in hand.
The final seemed to be done and dusted when the Mumbai Indians managed just 129/8 in their 20 overs in Hyderabad. Their total had some respectability only because of Krunal Pandya’s 47 runs from 38 balls. The Pune team found the going tough when they started their chase. However, Steve Smith stuck in and was sensibly taking Pune towards victory.
Finally, when 11 runs were needed off the final over, Mitchell Johnson dismissed Manoj Tiwary and Steve Smith in consecutive deliveries. With seven runs needed from three balls, Sundar managed to give the strike to Daniel Christian. The Australian scored two runs off the penultimate ball and made the equation - four runs from one ball. Christian tried to sneak three runs off the last ball, but was run out after taking two runs. The Mumbai Indians clinched the final with a one-run victory.
David Warner won the Orange Cap as he finished with the most runs (641 runs) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar won the Purple Cap as he finished with the most wickets (26 wickets).